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Learned a lot but Glad I left Ballys

by Debra
(Michigan)

I started as a receptionist, and that was okay until Bally Total Fitness took away the receptionist incentives. I did that for about 3 years, until I went to personal training.

I was a Bally personal trainer for about a year and a half. I was a level 1, and at the time it was okay because I had clients back-to-back. At one point had more clients than any other trainer in my gym. It was great in the beginning, but when clients don't come, and Ballys can only afford to pay a certain amount of prospect hrs. you walk away broke.

Summer's were the worst. People don't come as much in the summer as they do in the winter. Winter is better because you have those "NEW YEAR RESOLUTION PEOPLE" and when that happens Bally's wants you to prospect more than they want to pay you.

It's about how bad do you want it. People don't want to pay for level 2, 3 or level 4 trainers. So it's hard to make the bigger money. I learned a lot though. I now have started my own gym and thanks to Ballys Total Fitness I know a lot more than I would have, if I hadn't worked there.

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Congratulations on your own gym

That's the best move you ever did. Everyone needs to read this. Take what you learn from junk commercial gyms, and go on your own. You'll be glad you did

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Interested in going into PT
by: Anonymous

Hi, I noticed you are in MI as am I. I am studying for my CPT and hope to take the exam in Dec. I noticed Bally's has PT openings at almost every location. Do you think it is a good place to start my career?
thanks and any advice you can provide would be appreciated.

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